By Josh Levine
In a battle of two of the top girls basketball teams in San Francisco, Lowell High School held visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral to just two points in the third quarter en route to a 40-36 upset win on Tuesday.
Sophomore Kelly Wong led the way for the Cardinals (1-0) in their season opener with 15 points. Wong and the Lowell bench scored 22 of the team’s 40 points.
“I just tried to keep hustling out there and focus on our defense,” Wong said. “When our defense is going, everything else just flows. We wanted to finish strong out there even though we were getting tired. We needed to push through and we did that.”
After trailing 22-14 at the half, that Lowell defense held to the Irish (0-1) nearly scoreless in the third quarter and gave the Cardinals a 31-24 lead heading in to the fourth quarter.
“We came out in the third quarter and just missed some shots,” said Sacred Heart head coach Mike Carey. “We missed a lay up, a jumper and a three. Our go to person [point guard GeAnna Summers-Luaulu] is on crutches right now with an ankle injury. We looked at each other for the spark, and when a couple shots fell for Lowell, we fell behind.”
Summers-Luaulu is expected to have an MRI on her ankle on Wednesday and could be available to play soon.
Even though the game is just the first of the season for each team, any time an Academic Athletic Association team takes down a West Catholic Athletic League squad, it has an impact. Still, Carey was happy to get a game against tough opponent early in the year.
“There is a reason every year we schedule a game with them,” Carey said. “They have always been a great program ever since I coached [at] Mercy. They are a great team and we are still learning. Our league is tough, but we will learn and preseason games like this prep us for that.”
Kelly Wong — 15
Katarina Lum — 6
Jillian Doherty — 5
Kelly Eshima — 4
Taylor Sui — 2
Sacred Heart Cathedal
Amanda Vega — 9
Briannah Smith — 7
Ann Marie Sequeira — 6
Ashley Gainer — 5
Kayla Coloyan — 4